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    Quote Originally Posted by STEEKER
    So how did it really feel being up on the yellow line looking down?
    Like Mitch said, the height/view thing is really weird when you get higher up on the track. The strongest thing you feel is when you're lower down - that's when the centrifugal force really sucks you down into the saddle. I found that as the day went on I started to just trust what was happening and pedal a bit harder/lean away from the track more. Things feel more stable once you get comfortable riding at a higher speed.

    I am without a doubt jonsing for my next FCV fix.

    For photos, I can't wait to take the camera back there again and get some really nice shots of people. I consider our last trip the test run ... now I know how bad the lighting is there but how much potential we have for some awesome photos. If people are cool with a flash going off I think that'll definitely help open things up a bit (the lighting's so top-heavy and far away that it's tough to even get a decent exposure of someone's face and still have it balanced w/ the track surface). Imagine the last photo I posted ... except with a huge pace line up near the top of the track and someone standing down near the apron for perspective to show off the insane banking. Oooh, and eventually there will be full-on race photos with lots of "must destroy" facial expressions and crazy bike angles.

    Also, I hope Mr. Crabbypants isn't around next time ... hopefully we can bust out the handlebar cam.

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    Finaly I got some spd clipless shoes for the Elvish, I've never really felt secure enough to pull up alot with the clips and straps. I can pull skids and stop so much more easily now.

    Steeker, I do plan on racing this summer, now that I'm fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ill Mitch
    Finaly I got some spd clipless shoes for the Elvish, I've never really felt secure enough to pull up alot with the clips and straps. I can pull skids and stop so much more easily now.

    Steeker, I do plan on racing this summer, now that I'm fast enough.
    Racing ... road/mountain/track/?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyefloater
    Racing ... road/mountain/track/?
    Road racing this summer, Track when I get more comfortable, and when I get an actual track bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyefloater
    Racing ... road/mountain/track/?
    I would hazard a guess and say he would do great in road and track but he has what it takes already for track P.S. Eyefloater or anyone what is your idea;s on the new narrow seats with the split gap in the middle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ill Mitch
    Finaly I got some spd clipless shoes for the Elvish, I've never really felt secure enough to pull up alot with the clips and straps. I can pull skids and stop so much more easily now.

    Which SPD's did you get? I'm thinking of switching from SPD to Egg Beaters.

    What do you guys think Crank Brothers?

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    i got egg beater candies.
    Nothing wrong w/ them yet. but my cleat is starting to showing wear.
    Many people say they've have bad experiences with em' regarding the cleats wearing out and bushing crapping on them, but I got nothing to complain about.
    physics hertz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin2046
    Which SPD's did you get? I'm thinking of switching from SPD to Egg Beaters.

    What do you guys think Crank Brothers?
    They're just an old pair of Sidi dominators that my brother used to use, and I just had a couple of shimano spd pedals lying around that I used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sr20det
    i got egg beater candies.
    Nothing wrong w/ them yet. but my cleat is starting to showing wear.
    Many people say they've have bad experiences with em' regarding the cleats wearing out and bushing crapping on them, but I got nothing to complain about.

    That's what I've been hearing about Crank Brother pedals.

    Hmm... What to get now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    well.. someone's are! They're MEC Espresso's (just checked).
    Yeah those are Shiznaz's.

    who in that track visit video was taking a photo with that old slr and what kind is it?
    You're probably looking at ^'s Olympic om1 (I think). You saw me but for a brief second with my Pentax asahi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32flavours
    Sounds decent to me. 8 pm tomorrow at Honest Ed's?
    I vote for 9 Tuesday.

    Hmm... What to get now...
    Look Ke0 or SPD-SL. $40 For pedals + cleats you can't go wrong.
    Last edited by operator; 06-12-06 at 12:59 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ill Mitch
    It's hard to describe, it's such a cool feeling

    it's wierd being up high and looking down to see the floor ten feet below you, kind of an uneasy feeling at first but then you just get used to it.

    The more I think about it the more I want to go back, you really need to experience it for yourself to know how it feels.
    Yeah, being up top was cool just for the height, but I like the crazy compression from centripital forces down near the bottom where the corner radius is tighter. The term "human powered rollercoaster" now holds a LOT more meaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin2046
    That's what I've been hearing about Crank Brother pedals.

    Hmm... What to get now...
    I love my eggbeaters. The cleats do wear out pretty quickly, but I kind of believe in their reasoning: it's better for the cleat to wear than the pedal. I'll be shopping for a new set of pedals soon and I'll likely go for another set of crank bros (not sure which model yet). But, there are too many positives for the pedal design to not go with them again as far as I'm concerned.. 4-sided entry. good amount of float. small cleats. no upward release at all.
    Last edited by somnambulant; 06-12-06 at 09:18 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin2046
    Which SPD's did you get? I'm thinking of switching from SPD to Egg Beaters.

    What do you guys think Crank Brothers?
    i think the bushing wear out way too fast and are expensive to replace. the cleats also wear fast which makes it too easy to disengage from the pedal. it's too bad because they are functionally a good design. why don't they use real bearings like everyone else.

    why not stick with the spds if you have them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin2046
    That's what I've been hearing about Crank Brother pedals.

    Hmm... What to get now...
    Time atac alum mtb ones are working well for me.

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    So I just got a chance to take a look at the photos/video of your field trip... a few comments:

    1) WOW You guys are crazy
    2) I don't understand why you haven't attracted more female riders
    3) Incredibly crazy
    4) Incredibly cool

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    btw. according to the Forest City website they only do the track 2 + 3 combo on the 4th Saturday of every month. So that means the following dates:

    June 24
    July 22
    August 26

    That's assuming that we can't arrange for something at a different time. I definitely want to do this fairly soon, but is June 24 TOO soon? I'd prefer to avoid July 22nd because that's the day before the bike rally to Montreal starts. I don't really want to wait until the end of August though. What does everyone think?

    edit: I just emailed Mike @ Forest City and asked whether it was possible to do the track combo another day. I'll let y'all know when I hear back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywhitehorn
    Hm, i was there from about 10:00 to 10:45 with one of the other fixed group guys. our black fixies were parked outside. i suppose i should've told you what to look for.
    I left just after 10, I thought maybe the ride had been cancelled. Probably for the best, I was pretty tired from riding on Saturday. How far did you guys end up going? After I left Balzaacs, I went and rode the leslie street spit, and then out to the beaches. Nice day.

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    Hey, did I see a picture of Operator in spandex-or did I inhale too many fumes the last time I patched a tube???

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkmother
    I left just after 10, I thought maybe the ride had been cancelled. Probably for the best, I was pretty tired from riding on Saturday. How far did you guys end up going? After I left Balzaacs, I went and rode the leslie street spit, and then out to the beaches. Nice day.
    we went up leslie to about stoufville sdrd, about 100km for me from door to door. i was planning on doing more but after lounging around drinking coffee and riding kind of slow i had to call it a day to make it home by 3pm.

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    Wes, those beat to hell MEC espressos are mine... I knew I left them somewhere... Also if you find an olympus lens cap its mine, but I have a feeling I left it at the velodrome (yet another reason to get out there again!) The old SLR camera by the way is an Olympus OM-2n. I have an OM-1n that I liked so much that I decided to buy an OM-2n. The motor drives are detachable and they are super sweet. The only SLRs I like more are Leicas but the cost of those is crazy. Great time on saturday by the way, extra thanks go to our most gracious drivers, Wes and Keith. I'll try to process and scan the roll I shot ASAP and get them up here for you guys to check out. If we all start selling crack, I predict that we could raise the money to build a velodrome in under 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywhitehorn
    i think the bushing wear out way too fast and are expensive to replace. the cleats also wear fast which makes it too easy to disengage from the pedal. it's too bad because they are functionally a good design. why don't they use real bearings like everyone else.

    why not stick with the spds if you have them?

    Cuz I want more clearance when cornering. I've come close a few times when cornering. Plus I don't feel like getting shorter cranks. I have these ones:

    http://bike.shimano.com/catalog/cycl...=1150126117031

    They're multi-purpose, but mad heavy and I've sparked a few times cornering.



    Maybe I'll look up some pedals on the interweb...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep242
    Time atac alum mtb ones are working well for me.

    Where did u get them? How much? How far out does the cleat come out of the shoe?

    I have Adidas SPD compatible shoes. Will the Time cleats fit those?

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    June 24
    July 22
    August 26
    Zero chance of me making it out until August.

    Quote Originally Posted by darkmother
    Hey, did I see a picture of Operator in spandex-or did I inhale too many fumes the last time I patched a tube???
    No, that was my identical twin. I don't think we'll be seeing him again.
    Last edited by operator; 06-12-06 at 11:05 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    June 24
    July 22
    August 26
    Zero chance of me making it out until August. July very iffy.
    Last edited by operator; 06-12-06 at 11:10 AM.
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